LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Twenty-two hospitals, including Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, are being honored by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation for ongoing commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation.
Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse has been honored with the Excellence in Tissue Donation Award. The award is given to Versiti partner hospitals who achieve at least a 60% consent rate. The 60% metric measures the collaborative work between hospital staff and the tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.
Versiti of Wisconsin assists in providing and transporting blood and other gift of life donations to more than 56 hospitals in 29 counties in the state. Versiti provides over 230,000 units of blood annually.
"Organ and tissue transplantations give people a renewed chance at living active lives," explains Carrie Apuan, a nursing manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. "Those who commit to being a donor are making a selfless choice that empowers us to help others. It is imperative to understand that donor family members often report a sense of peace and comfort in knowing they have provided another with such a tremendous opportunity. We are committed to providing excellent care to our patients and their families as they journey down this very emotional path."
"The clinical management of donors, coupled with a hospital's compassionate support of donor families, is a critical component to saving lives through the gift of organ donation and transplantation," says Michael Anderson, executive director of University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation. "We honor these hospitals, and their incredible nursing, physician and critical care teams, for working so hard to help ensure that those who are waiting for a transplant will get a second chance at life."
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